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Partner program sales on the decline?

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txking
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloads
Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:41PM
I know in comparison that my portfolio is quite small to some here and so some of this needs to be taken with a grain of salt but I have noticed partner program sales TANKED! It used to make up the majority of my profit it seemed but as of march of this year the sales dropped. They used to make up about half if not more then half of all profit and by far and away the majority of all downloads now they amount to very little of the profit and even less downloads.


My total profit has gone up. So far I've already equaled what I made last year but after march it just stopped doing much of anything for partner program sales. Most of the profit anymore is comming from straight istock sales. If I was able to keep up the same pace in the partner program sales that I've made on istock sales I would be quite a happy camper.


Did something change that I just missed.


This should at least give you an idea of what I'm refering to

istocksales

(Edited on 2012-07-21 23:46:39 by txking)
gipi23
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Video downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto Videographer
Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:38AM
You know what to do, right? Get exclusive, drop the PP altogether, and no need to worry about it
txking
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloads
Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:45AM

If only the answer was that easy . Would sure make life a lot easier as I have to do all the other sites one way then when it comes to istock I have to rekeyword and upload as a whole seperate deal. sadly I make more (granted still not huge amounts) without being exclusive then what istock is able to pay for me going exclusive. Though I am curious how much of a percentage did you guys notice when going exclusive? I know they give you an extra percentage for sales but with the Vetta collection opening up plus I would assume "premium" ranking in your images it might make more then just the extra percentage they give you.


 


I did notice back in the march update some other people noticed the same thing that their sales did go down a bit also. Are others experiencing this as well or is it just me?
EmilySkeels
Member is a contributor and has less than 250 Photo downloads
Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:36PM
I have only had downloads on iStock for about ten months now, but my PP sales have declined Drastically as well, I have seen a dramatic decline slowly over the last nine months, decreasing about an average of 30% or so every month.  May and June of this year have decreased by about 80% in comparison to September and October of last year. 
gipi23
Member is a Bronze contributor and has 250 - 2,499 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Video downloadsExclusiveExclusive iStockphoto Videographer
Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:27PM
Posted By txking:

If only the answer was that easy smile. Would sure make life a lot easier as I have to do all the other sites one way then when it comes to istock I have to rekeyword and upload as a whole seperate deal. sadly I make more (granted still not huge amounts) without being exclusive then what istock is able to pay for me going exclusive. Though I am curious how much of a percentage did you guys notice when going exclusive? I know they give you an extra percentage for sales but with the Vetta collection opening up plus I would assume "premium" ranking in your images it might make more then just the extra percentage they give you.


 


I did notice back in the march update some other people noticed the same thing that their sales did go down a bit also. Are others experiencing this as well or is it just me?


Up to date thread concerning the issue of exclusivity


http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=344503&page=1
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